Send physio volunteers to Africa

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We are Physiotherapy students studying at Sheffield Hallam University, we graduate in Summer 2018.

We are travelling to Africa in Autumn 2018 for 6months+. We are going to volunteer with several physiotherapy specific charities that work with disabled children, or in rural communities in Cameroon and Uganda offering healthcare and other services.

These charities include Nicky’s Foundation and Kyaninga Child Development Centre and others we have yet to confirm.

We are both very passionate about what these charities represent and are working towards.
Our trip will consist of travelling to Cameroon and volunteering here for several months, before making our way over to Uganda to continue with our charity work.

We will be travelling and exploring throughout the duration of our trip, this includes independently planning, fundraising and coordinating all our own transport, accommodation, equipment, healthcare and opportunities.

This trip will offer invaluable personal and professional development that we will not be able to gain from anywhere else. We feel that this will be a journey of a lifetime which will give us amazing insight into completely different cultures, healthcare systems and perceptions of life. It will be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience, in which we can utilise our skills and training which will be appreciated by all recipients.

We have already started actively fundraising for our trip, our aim is to raise £4,500-£5,000 each to fund our flights, living costs, vaccinations, kit and any other expenses through work, sponships, fundraising and this website.
Therefore, we would be extremely grateful for any contributions in order to achieve our aim, to help improve the lives of children with disabilities and thier families in Africa.

Kyaninga Child Development Centre: http://kyaningacdc.org/

Nicky's Charity: http://nickysfoundation.org/
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Abduction wedge update:

Just picked up the first one design made by the orthopaedic technicians in Fort Portal and paid the deposit with all your extremely kind donations to make another 24!! That’s on top of all the ones made at Katalemwa (the other charity) in total everyone that donated, you will have helped nearly 50 children!! Forever grateful!
Continually doing more research into how we can reduce the cost so it’s even more sustainable for parents to buy in the future
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From a simple idea when I first arrived to the finished product!

After being out here I found that postural management is very limited out here. Children who have cerebral palsy or limited use in their lower limbs often develop contractures in their knees and adductor muscles and become very prone to hip dislocation.

I wanted to make a cost effective and sustainable piece of equipment to help reduce muscle contractures, put the hips in a better position and stretch the muscles to aid walking and improve ease of continence care.

So after a bit of creative thinking and awesome help from the guys in the workshop, we finally have a finished product, complete with an instruction leaflet on how to use it

So far we have made 1, another 3 children have been measured and many more that would benefit, I wanted to make the wedge was cheap and sustainable as possible so parents would be able to afford buy them.
They currently cost as little as:
£10.55 (50,600USh) for a small
£14.12 (67,700USh) for a medium
£18.77 (90,000USh) for a large
However to many parents out here that is still a huge sum of money so I am appealing to anyone that would be interested in donating to this cause to help some of the children out here it would be massively appreciated and help improve the quality of lives of children out here!
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